Oral hygiene is one of the most important things that we try to speak to patients about at our clinic. Lack of proper oral hygiene is the root cause of majority of the dental problems we treat today – from caries to gingivitis, soft tissue infections to early tooth loss, everything seems to be connected to not keeping the mouth clean enough. One of the best ways to prevent infections of the teeth and the gums is by adhering to a strict oral hygiene routine daily, without fail, and also by practicing certain dietary and lifestyle modifications for the sake of your oral health. Here are some of the things you can do to improve your oral health at home:
Brush your teeth after meals, and most importantly before going to bed
Floss daily to remove food that may have become lodged between the teeth
Clean your tongue at least thrice a week with your tooth brush, or a tongue scrubber
Quit smoking, and reduce alcohol intake
Steer clear of excessively sugary food and beverages
Use a medicated mouthwash to keep odour causing bacteria at bay
You can always trust the experts at Iowa Dental to guide you should you have any questions regarding oral hygiene maintenance.